Pete Stark

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Pete Stark, a liberal Democrat, was United States Representative for California's 13th congressional district (1993-2013). Previously he represented the 9th district (1975–93) and the 8th district (1973–75). He is also noted for being Congress' first admitted atheist.[1] He received a $1000 prize from the Secular Coalition for America for being the highest-level admitted atheist currently holding elected public office in the United States.[2] He claims to be "a Unitarian who does not believe in a Supreme Being."[Citation Needed]

He came under scrutiny for making a disparaging comment about President George W. Bush, saying that the President was sending troops into Iraq to have their heads blown off for his amusement. Stark later apologized for his comments.

Stark ran for election to the newly created 15th district of California in 2012 but was defeated in the general election by fellow Democrat Eric Swalwell. The two Democrats faced off against each other in the general election as result of California's nonpartisan blanket primary.


The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to defund ACORN, 345-75, on September 17, 2009. Seventy-five Democrats (Stark included) stood with ACORN and voted no,[3] despite nationwide attention related to voter fraud and recent revelation of ACORN's ties to prostitution including child trafficking and defrauding the IRS.


  1. Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) is first Congress member in history to acknowledge his nontheism
  2. Stark's atheist views break political taboo SFGate, March 14, 2007
  3. House votes to cut off funding, but 75 stand by ACORN, Washington Examiner, September 17, 2009